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Man arrested with hatchet at southern Alberta school facing charges

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A man police say had a hatchet hidden in his coat when he was arrested inside a southern Alberta elementary school is facing charges.

Police say they were called to Mike Mountain Horse School in Lethbridge, where a man was reported to have walked in and indicated he was being chased.

The school was locked down and staff were able to contain the man in an empty room until he was arrested by officers.

There's no word yet why the man was at the school, but police say he may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Several charges are pending, including possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

Police are not identifying the 37-year-old suspect until charges are officially laid.

Wendy Fox, associate superintendent of the Lethbridge Public School District, says no one was hurt and the lockdown was simply a precaution.

"School staff in the office felt that it would be important to contact the police because there was an indication there might be a weapon on this person," she said Wednesday.

"There was no threat made to the students or the school."


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